Subregional Inception Workshop on Environmental Sensitivity Mapping for the Gulf of Thailand
 
November 03,2012

Subregional Inception Workshop on Environmental Sensitivity Mapping for the Gulf of Thailand

The significant increase in global trade and international sea-borne transport experienced over the last decades entails negative consequences, as all human and industrial activities do, by increased risks for oil spills and increased emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases that contribute to global climate change. In the Gulf of Thailand, transportation of crude oil has increased because of augmented production in the Gulf region and an ever-growing demand from neighboring countries.

Realizing the potential risks, which will certainly leave a tremendous impact on the natural and marine resources in the Gulf region, it is important that management tools are developed to reduce the impact of marine pollution on coastal and marine resources. Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) maps in particular, provide a comprehensive and accurate summary of coastal resources that are at risk if an oil spill occurs nearby.

In line with this, PEMSEA in collaboration with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is initiating a project on Strengthening Oil Spill Preparedness and Response in a Subregional Sea Area: Environmental Sensitivity Mapping in the Gulf of Thailand (GOT), with funding support from the Korean Government.

This subregional inception workshop discussed the implementation arrangements of the project and identify and agree on the protocols for developing correlated sensitivity maps for the Gulf of Thailand among the three national project task teams.

 

Sorce: PEMSEA

link : http://eascongress.pemsea.org/environmental-mapping-got